States and school districts across the country are being forced to grapple with difficult budget decisions in the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. As leaders decide how to spend dimishing state and local resources and limited federal recovery dollars, they should prioritize those students most severely affected by the academic disruptions.
Today, Stand for Children is joining with 13 fellow education organizations to put forth a set of recommendations in six key areas to support states and districts in crafting an equity-focused response to addressing COVID-19 as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school year and the future.
Students who were already at a disadvantage before COVID-19 are now substantially worse off, as many children have been deprived of online learning instruction due to a lack of digital devices or connectivity at home. Other students were cut off from crucial interventions and guidance that has affected everything from reading levels, English-language learning, and staying on track to graduate high school and prepare for college or a career.
States and school districts have a responsibility to ensure students most at risk of falling behind due to COVID-19 are given the opportunities and resources needed to catch up to their more privileged peers.
Because of the tremendous economic challenges facing states and school districts, we are also calling on Congress to provide substantial emergency K-12 education funding for states and local communities in the next COVID-19 relief package.